If you're a football bettor, the only game in town for the summer months is the CFL.
Betting on the CFL doesn't differ at all from NFL betting, with the point spread, moneyline, total and props all available for every game at most sportsbooks. The game is a little different though, with a bigger field and bigger ball and 12 men on the field instead of 11.
There's also that little matter of three downs instead of four (leading to a lot of punting and passing) and teams get a single points for kicking a ball through the end zone – i.e. a missed field goal.
Betting on the CFL may be more popular early on in the season before the NFL and college football takeover and dominate the football betting landscape. Bettors shouldn't completely forget about the CFL when the summer ends though.
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Once the NFL and college seasons begin the CFL also has to take a backseat for the oddsmakers. With the oddsmakers having less time to focus on the CFL odds and lines it can be a good time for bettors to spot a bad line and exploit it.
Also be on the lookout for line moves. Since fewer bettors are betting on the CFL lines moves are usually because smart money is all over one side, instead of everyone simply taking the favorites as is common in NFL betting. Following smart money is usually a good move and pays off well in the long run. [ See for current lines ]
One trend that always seems to be alive year after year in the CFL is home field advantage. We're not saying to always take the home team, but they were 42-30 straight-up during the 2010 season.
To show that wasn't an anomaly the home side was 41-31 SU a year earlier during the 2009 season. Of course some teams are better at home than others and some may be great SU but poor ATS, so always check the home and away trends carefully for every game.
See the latest CFL odds here at OddsShark.com